I'm looking at an IP phone system (Sphere) for my company, but am
concerned about putting it on the same network as our computers. The
Sphere vendor has suggested that we run the phones off of the CAT3
cables we're using for our current PBX. We'd only have to reterminate
the cables with RJ45 jacks, and we'd be good to go. I like the sound
of this, but am concerned about running IP over CAT3. Several people
I've talked to (including the vendor of the other system I'm looking at
- Avaya) are adamant that IP phones over CAT3 are a bad idea.
I know that theoretically it should work, as long as our cable runs
aren't too long, but does anyone have experience with doing this? Any
guidelines as to how long the runs can be? And - most important - how
can I ensure that this will work without actually installing it and
trying it out??
"Dave" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in news:1111610019.388566.244990
> I like the sound
> of this, but am concerned about running IP over CAT3. Several people
> I've talked to (including the vendor of the other system I'm looking at
> - Avaya) are adamant that IP phones over CAT3 are a bad idea.
Cat3 is fine for a 10mbit network, which should be enough for VoIP.
But yes... it's probably a bad idea. Seems like cheaping out.
You might be better off upgrading your data network to support VoIP.
> And - most important - how
> can I ensure that this will work without actually installing it and
> trying it out??
You can buy a certifer to check each run to see if it is capable of 10mbit
speeds... but that'll mean you'll have to reterminate all the connections
with a RJ45 jack.